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Don't Get Me Started

Will Hines

Co-hosted by Anthony King and Will Hines. Talking to talented people not about what they do but what they love.

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Aug 22, 2017 Will Hines
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Final episode! After almost three years, we are ending the podcast! "Why?" you ask, you DEMAND, to know? Well, we just wanted to. We've loved it every step of the way but now we can sense it becoming more of a chore than a labor of love so we're ending it before that happens. In this final episode, we talk about the reasons we started the podcast, the things we tried in our real lives, the nature of adult friendships, Seinfeld, Facebook algorithms, learning new music, Anthony's run of...
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Aug 15, 2017 Will Hines
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Hayes Davenport is a co-host of the very funny podcast Hollywood Handbook, as well as being a writer for many great television comedies. We don't talk to him about any of that. We get into his obsession with CITY PLANNING. Why are cities set up the way they are? What are the issues with making them better? What's going with Los Angeles? Who made NYC have all those bike lanes? We love this episode and so will you. Also, Will discusses the cat petting/hair-pulling tool The Furminator and Anthony...
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Aug 8, 2017 Will Hines
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We break our "not about what you do" rule yet AGAIN to talk to television writer/former UCB Artistic Director Neil Campbell about SKETCH COMEDY. We get nerdy early and often as we go back to Neil's days at the University of Iowa, his thoughts on the early days of the UCB sketch scene, how he adjusts strategies when writing for television and way more! No minor obsessions because why follow ANY RULES?
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Aug 1, 2017 Will Hines
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We talk to Jackie Johnson, comedian actor and host of the hit podcast Natch Beaut, about her jaw-droopingly long obsessing with the SIMS. You know, the virtual family game where you set up a little community and they age and do stuff? Jackie has done this for like 15 years. Holy jeebs. Also, Will talks about the sketch comedy podcast from Austin called Victrola, and Anthony talks about Croation singing sensation Jacques Houdek.
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Jul 25, 2017 Will Hines
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We talk to comedian Beth Appel about ODYSSEY OF THE MIND, the middle-and-high-school competition designed to encourage creative problem solving. What got Beth so obsessed? How is it not like a quiz bowl or a math team or other nerdy competitive things? What's with all the building things out of wood? We get into all that and MORE! Plus Will is into a teahouse he visited in Beijing and Anthony likes Malcolm Gladwell's podcast Revisionist History.
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Jul 18, 2017 Will Hines
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We talk to comedian Will McLaughlin (TBS' show "Wrecked") about the JFK ASSASSINATION. Seeing the Oliver Stone movie JFK set Will on a path of researching President Kennedy's murder to see what parts of the official story really DON'T hold up. Will has three main issues with the official story, and if you listen to the episode you will hear WHAT THOSE ARE. Also, Will (Hines) talks about the Alessi Brothers' song "Seabird" and Anthony, after trying water skiing for the first...
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Jul 11, 2017 Will Hines
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We talk to producer/director David Zwick about the 1924 Democratic National Convention! In what could have been a shoo-in for the Democratic party, infighting and factions led to taking almost 2 weeks to pick someone who turned out to be an incredibly weak candidate! We hear about how the party couldn't decide whether or not to condemn the KKK, and how being Catholic meant you were a political liability! Hoo boy. Plus Will discusses the idea of "competency porn" especially related to...
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Jun 27, 2017 Will Hines
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Comedian Dominique Johnson comes on to talk about LISTENING TO NEW MUSIC. Through Facebook, the hosts realized that Dom had an interesting set of opinions on music: he's both very opinionated but also very open. Meaning: he'll listen to new music, even music that's very outside of his tastes. Yet he doesn't blindly accept artists just because they are widely viewed as good. It turns out there's a reason Dom is so open to music. We get into his childhood, moving from town to town -- black...
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Jun 20, 2017 Will Hines
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Comedian/musician/phenomenon Jim Santangeli talks to us about The NFL Draft. "What is it?" asks Will, and Jim answers. We also get into: college football, Connecticut pride, old podcast ideas, forgotten web series and love! Hey and there's more: Will likes Twin Peaks, and Anthony is fascinated by the story of Billy Joel backup singer Mike DelGuidice.
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Jun 13, 2017 Will Hines
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Returning guest Jen Krueger (from the "Notebooks/Day Planners") episode talks to us about her obsession with British Panel Shows. From the perhaps most well-known "QI" to the less-well-known-but-more-fun-named "8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown," she tells us why she likes these shows, which are her favorite guests, why she thinks these types of shows haven't made it in the US and about a reddit user who is a hero for uploading all these shows to YouTube. Plus Will...
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Jun 6, 2017 Will Hines
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Comedy mastermind Ben Rodgers talks to us about audio books. Great books, great narrators, great settings for listening to them. Why are Stephen King books so great? What should a good audiobook reader's IMDB profile be like? And much more! Will talks about watching movies on planes and Anthony discusses the website "Burbankia."
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May 30, 2017 Will Hines
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We break our rule (talking to people not about what they do) to talk to UCB co-founder MATT WALSH about IMPROV. We also get into sketch, and live comedy, and old school UCB shows like Robot TV and Killgore, and his time at the Annoyance Theater and improvOlympic, and Will implies that Matt has never done a Harold, which is unfair and untrue. No minor obsessions this week. ALL IMPROV. If you like this, make sure to check out Matt's podcast "UCB Sports and Leisure" which features lotsa...
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May 23, 2017 Will Hines
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Comedian/musician Ariana Lenarsky talks to us about TAROT. Cards, the image, the history, tips of doing a reading, how she got into it, history of the classic cards that you are thinking of, and MORE! Plus Anthony is into the XM radio app and their station "70s on 7." And Will is really into hotels.
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May 16, 2017 Will Hines
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We talk to comedian Dru Johnston about EVOLUTION. How did he get interested in it? How much of it is getting mad at creationists? Why DO people get passionate about creationism? What happened to the neanderthals? What books are good to read about this stuff? AND MORE! Plus Anthony talks about the Fijian dish Kokoda, and Will abhors the process of condemning tropes in TV/movies just because they have a cool label.
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May 9, 2017 Will Hines
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John Purcell talks about the rock group U2. Why does he love them? Why was he ashamed of that at first? What are some deeper cuts people don't appreciate? Why did he see 4 shows in one week one year when their set list doesn't really change that much? Plus Will talks about both the audio book "The Kid Stays in the Picture" and podcast playing speeds; while Anthony discusses flower gardening. NOT VEGETABLE GARDENING.
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May 2, 2017 Will Hines
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Film and television creator Sarah-Violet Bliss talks about sociopaths! What makes one a sociopath, how should you deal with them and what's the difference between them and narcissists? Plus Will discusses the tropes of business self-help books and Anthony talks about a great video for the song "Wyclef Jean" by Young Thug.
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Apr 25, 2017 Will Hines
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Comedian Joel Spence is a multi-talented, well-educated man who knows about a lot of things. Despite that, he choose to talk to us about the band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. "Why?" we thought. "Aren't they just a one-hit wonder band from the 80s?" Turns out that they are a several hit wonder band, as well as a group of truly talented musicians and also the creators of a fascinating and ambitious double album "Welcome to the Pleasuredome." We go through it. Plus Will...
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Apr 18, 2017 Will Hines
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Comedy writer Nate Dern discusses author George Saunders! Absurdist! Heartbreaking! Sci-fi-ish? And more! Plus Anthony talks about the strange public domain movies in the Prelinger Archives and Will reminisces about NYC columnist Jimmy Breslin.
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Apr 11, 2017 Will Hines
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Comedy writer Dylan Snowden tells about his time working for FEMA and the world of responding to disasters! Plus Will talks about the song "Magic" by B.O.B. and Anthony discusses an innovate production from the theatre group Teatro Republica.
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Apr 4, 2017 Will Hines
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Comedian/writer/editor Sasha Feiler talks to us about DOG SPORTS. We get into how great her dog Spoon is at dog sports. We talk about "nose work." We talk about "dog agility." We talk about training. We talk about how dog owners in the world of dog sports can be, ironically, catty. We also touch very briefly on how Russia views WWII, as seen from Sasha's childhood in Siberia. But it's mostly dog sports. This is one of our favorite segments ever. Also Anthony discusses Planet...
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Mar 28, 2017 Will Hines
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Comedian/writer/Broadway actor Michael Hartney returns to the podcast to discuss the internet phenomenon called "Unfavorable Semicircle." Basically, someone (or perhaps, some program) is uploading videos of seemingly incoherent video and audio noise, which is vaguely machine like in nature. But wait, is it incoherent? Theories abound in discussion groups which are tracking these videos: is there a message buried in these vids? And what does Steamboat Willie have to do with it? Plus,...
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Mar 21, 2017 Will Hines
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We talk to artist Liz Rodriguez about her lifelong obsession with Studio Ghibli - the Japanese animation/production house behind My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away. Beautiful illustration! Female protagonists! A lack of formulaic storytelling! And just... it's good! Plus Will gives a poorly organized telling of the baseball mishaps of "Snodgrass' Muff and Merkel's Boner" and Anthony discusses APPLE SLICERS!
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Mar 14, 2017 Will Hines
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Comedian Todd Fasen talks to us about the music festival institution Coachella! Why is it good? How has it changed? What are the best ways to enjoy it? What's the deal with the camping? Plus Will discusses Vertigo comics editor Karen Berger and Anthony raves about a newfangled device he has - the Fidget Cube.
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Mar 7, 2017 Will Hines
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Vulture.com writer Jesse Fox talks to us about watching SNL as a sport. Good episode, bad episode, good season, bad season -- you keep watching at least partly because you want to see how the "team" does. We love this theory and talk forever about it. Also, Will talks about some computer programming thing (PHP framework called Laravel) and Anthony talks about the forgotten 1980 film "How To Beat The High Cost of Living."
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Feb 28, 2017 Will Hines
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Comedian Brandon Gardner talks about his interest in comedian/filmmaker Woody Allen. Heard of him? Genius comedy writer and stand-up comedian? Maker of brilliant films (both comedies, dramas and some that are in-between)? Oh yeah, and the guy who dated and then married the 19 year old daughter of his longtime girlfriend, and then later was publicly accused by his daughter of molesting her? Uh, yeah. Him. We get into it. The appeal of Allen's comedy and his movies, and the trouble of separating...
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Feb 21, 2017 Will Hines
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A very cool and interesting personal episode. We talk to comedian Luke Kelly-Clyne about Zoloft and how this anti-depressant ended up being the thing that helped him handle his clinical depression. We talk a lot about the stigmas of anti-depressants, and therapy and admitting that you're dealing with depression at all. We also get into some of the basics of medications. Please note that we are not doctors and thus much of what we say is almost definitely oversimplified and is not official...
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Feb 14, 2017 Will Hines
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Comedian Billy Merritt returns to discuss BIRDS. "I'm ready to talk about birds now," he emailed us, and even though we didn't know what he meant by "ready" and "now" we scheduled a podcast immediately. We get into bird watching, birding, and going birding. We get into sparrows and swallows and cardinals and titmouses and California condors. We get into how Billy is an excellent "animal spotter" and lots of other stuff! Plus Will discusses the...
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Feb 7, 2017 Will Hines
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Nicole Erb (actor, comedy writer, you know the drill) talks to us about Shakespeare's "problematic plays." This includes the "problem plays" (neither comedies nor tragedies) but also any play which either drops plot threads, or makes enemies suddenly decide to get married, or has tragic scenes in the middle of otherwise happy acts, ET CETERA! Nicole likes the awkwardness they creates, but many directors try to hide them. We also get into Shakespeare in general. Spoiler: he's...
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Jan 31, 2017 Will Hines
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WE FIND OUT THAT CHARLES PRANKED US AT 19:30. Charles Rogers, co-creator of the TBS show "Search Party" and the South by Southwest winning film "Fort Tilden" comes on the podcast to discuss PRANKS. But not little pranks like you're thinking of. These pranks sometimes involve months of setup, or elaborate fictional characters, or daring phone calls, and sometimes even outright lies. Charles talks about how his approach to doing pranks has changed over the years as he learns...
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Jan 24, 2017 Will Hines
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We talk to returning guest/comedian/madman Connor Ratliff about the comic strip PEANUTS. We get into how it changed over its 50 year run, how amazingly devoted creator Charles Schulz was to it, why Connor likes drawing so much, the TV specials and MORE! Plus Will talks about the book "Thinking, Fast and Slow" and Anthony talks about his new Alexa Dot from Amazon.
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Jan 17, 2017 Will Hines
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Comedian/writer Lauren McGuire discusses the tv show "RuPaul's Drag Race." What is so compelling about it? How is it different than other reality/competition shows? Where does the positivity come from? What is it about drag queens that are so compelling and inspiring? And what are the factors that let someone win? EDITED TO ADD: LAUREN MEANT TO SAY THAT SEASON 7 IS LACKLUSTER, NOT THE TERRIFIC SEASON 6! SHE KNOWS BETTER AND SHE IS SORRY! Also Will discusses a new podcast he's doing...
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Jan 10, 2017 Will Hines
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We talk to writer/director Robbie Pickering about BOXING. How did he get into it? What do you learn about yourself? Are you, the listener, intrigued by the idea of being hit in the face? Then BOXING could be for you! Also Will talks about Batman: The Animated Series (yes the 90s one) and Anthony discusses indie video game "The Swapper."
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Jan 3, 2017 Will Hines
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We talk to comedian / director Clay Larsen about game structure. "Game" like board games, party games, things-you-play games, and "structure" meaning the stories you get into while you play games. Like if you play Risk and start acting like a tyrant, you know? Oh, you'll see. Also, Anthony talks about the mash-ups of our friend Daniel "Chambaland" Chamberlin and Will talks about the super-exciting computer language SHRDLU!
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Dec 20, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to comedian Mark David Christenson about the band Deerhoof. How does one categorize their indie but epic but funky style? How did he get into them? Why does Anthony like them right away? In addition, Will talks about the two recorded versions of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day" and Anthony discusses the deliciousness of a low country boil.
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Dec 13, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to comedian/musician Bridgid Ryan about her love of JAPAN. Like Anglophilia, but for Japan. Japandamania? Japandamonium? We talk the language, the culture, the media, the style and more! Plus Anthony talks about trying to stay off of his phone and Will discusses the book Dracula.
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Dec 6, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to comedian Shaun Diston about PRE-HISTORY, meaning the human civilizations that existed before current recorded history. We're talking lost coastal cities, a hypothetical EARLIER Egyptian dynasty, the people who first figured out how to build pyramids, the cities beneath the ancient ruins, the ships at the bottom of the Black Sea, and more! Plus Will talks about the British tradition of observing a two-minute silence on Armistice Day, and Anthony talks about the surprising appeal of...
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Nov 29, 2016 Will Hines
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Writer and stand-up comedian Amy Silverberg loves wiener dogs, and she tells us all about it. What breeds? What types of coats? What are her preferred names? What is the appropriate voice to make when you are addressing a wiener dog? How about if you are making a voice on BEHALF of a wiener dog? What instagram accounts should you follow? We cover all of this and somehow much more! Also Will and Anthony review the different minor obsession theme songs that listeners have sent in!
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Nov 22, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to comedian Jamie Lee about her obsession with MOVIES WHERE PEOPLE DIE. Tragedies, preferably involving a fatal disease and a group of tight-knit friends getting even tighter. We're talking "Steel Magnolias," we're talking "Boys on the Side" but we are NOT talking "Forrest Gump!" Why not? Listen to find out! Also, Anthony talks about the Garry Marshall memoir "Wake Me When It's Funny" and Will discusses the creepy/beautiful video game Limbo.
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Nov 15, 2016 Will Hines
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NOTE: The audio starts cutting in and out after 14 minutes. My recording error. It's ironic that a conversation about trying to communicate better is ITSELF having trouble communicating. We're leaving it up but it unfortunately skips. Our apologies. Mary Sasson returns as she, Anthony and Will do a follow-up to their Election 2016 episode, in which they all seemed pretty confident that Hillary Clinton was going to win. Titled "Oops!" this episode gets into why they had gotten so...
We talk to comedian Devin Field about FAST-TALKING WEIRDOS IN COMEDY MOVIES. Michael Keaton is the best example, and maybe the only example? No, there are others and we talk about them! Also, Anthony talks about The Seven-Year Itch and Will discusses musician Emilyn Brodsky.
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Nov 1, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to comedians and Headgum network founders Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld about their obsession with DANCING. These guys get dressed up, hit the bar/clubs (but usually bars) and get into the music. We talk about what kind of bars they like, what kind of music, how the act of dancing fills you with joy, how they got into this and how they are honestly not being creepy but yes incidentally girls like it when you dance. Also Will talks about the Stephen King book "Misery" and...
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There's not enough talk about the elections, we figured, so here's our contribution. We talk to comedians Travis Helwig and Mary Sasson about the 2016 US presidential election. More than in previous elections, we are fascinating with the race this year. How did Trump get here? What went down with Bernie vs. Hillary? Why does everyone want to think everything is rigged? Will the president and congress ever work together? How did Hillary clean Trump's clock in the debates when no one else could...
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Oct 18, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to comedian Casey Feigh about the radical idea that Facebook is good and fun. People love to criticize it, but Casey is here to defend it. We get into the main criticisms people have, and Casey has ideas of how one can get around those criticisms. We talk about getting in touch, and posting fun photos, and letting friends know how you're doing and even -- gasp -- having empathy for other people's life choices! Will talks about the first 13 seconds of the song "Dancing in the...
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Oct 11, 2016 Will Hines
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Comedian / writer / director Alex Fernie returns to the podcast to discuss ROBERT KENNEDY. We get into his strengths (committment to civil rights), he weaknesses (er, being real cool with Communist witch-hunting), his impromptu speech on the night Martin Luther King Jr. died, how he might have been a more transformative figure than JFK, and how his assassination in 1968 may have changed American politics forever. Anthony talks about the two different musicals' interpretations of the jazz age...
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Oct 4, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to comedian Nicole Byer, star of the MTV shows "Girl Code" and her own "Loosely Exactly Nicole" about her obsessions STEALING and FAKE HAIR. It's our first two-obsession podcast, including one that is straight-up a criminal activity. First, Nicole talks about her (past) days as a shoplifter, how she got into it, how to do it right, how she eventually stopped. Then we just downshift into fake hair: we get into extensions, weaves and wigs. Anthony and I reminisce on...
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Sep 27, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to comedian Mike Carlson about comics writer Grant Morrison! He's written almost everything in the super hero world! He's into chaos magick! He's cerebral and laid-back and Scottish! We talk about what Mike likes about him so much. We get into several of his famous works, like All-Star Superman, The Invisibles, his run on Batman and X-Men, as well as some more minor but awesome things like We3. Also Anthony talks about Galco's Soda Pop Shop and Will talks about the movie "My Dinner...
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Sep 20, 2016 Will Hines
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To celebrate the 100th episode of their podcast, Anthony and Will interview... each other! They ask a series of "gun to your head" questions, many posed by listeners. They answer "Which branch of the UCB would you shut down?" and "Would you rather have a new album by the Beatles or Nirvana?" and, oddly, "If you had to pick one, which of Anthony's children should be given to Will?" Also, Will talks about how a brilliant music producer saved the Simon and...
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Sep 13, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to comedian Nate Shelkey about screenwriter William Goldman. Though he's most famous writing the book and movie "The Princess Bride," as well as the screenplay for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," Goldman has written many other movies you've likely seen, and also wrote a ton of novels which you likely have not read. Nate has seen and read them all and we talk about it. We also get into many of the great anecdotes Goldman has shared in his two books on...
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Sep 6, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to a panel of passionate guests about their love for the INDIGO GIRLS. Our panel is Lennon Parham, Danielle Schneider and Deb Tarica. They are comedians and friends and attend an Indigo Girls concert together at least once a year. We talk about what is so awesome about the Indigo Girls' music, we get into each panel members top 5 songs, the way they all got into them, the emotions their songs bring out and more. For the sake of some minor bits, Will pretends he will never listen to the...
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Sep 6, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to a panel of passionate guests about their love for the INDIGO GIRLS. Our panel is Lennon Parham, Danielle Schneider and Deb Tarica. They are comedians and friends and attend an Indigo Girls concert together at least once a year. We talk about what is so awesome about the Indigo Girls' music, we get into each panel members top 5 songs, the way they all got into them, the emotions their songs bring out and more. For the sake of some minor bits, Will pretends he will never listen to the...
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Aug 30, 2016 Will Hines
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Actor, comedian, improviser Drew DiFonzo Marks talks to us about BUDDHISM. How it pulled him out of a huge depression, what of its principles spoke to him first, how he meditates, meditation retreats and the story of why he has a wagon wheel tattooed on his right forearm. We get into it! Also Will talks about giving voice commands to Siri and Anthony discusses the book The Secret Life of the American Musical. Hey, and also we ask listeners to tweet us "gun to your head" questions...
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Aug 23, 2016 Will Hines
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Comedian, actress and writer Anne Lane comes on the show to talk about her obsession with the norovirus. This is a virus that causes symptoms very similar to an intense stomach flu but is also incredibly transmissible. It both terrifies and fascinates Anne, and we felt the same way. We get into fears of vomiting, the fears of viruses in general, how far one is willing to go to be safe and clean and lots of other truly disturbing things. Check it out! Also, Will talks about the Neil Gaiman book...
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Aug 16, 2016 Will Hines
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We bring back television writer and UCB sketch maestro Eva Anderson to talk about her recent but potentially problematic (our words) obsession with IMMERSIVE THEATRE. This is the type of theatre where the audience is involved. Eva talks about a show she went to which tried to simulate the experience of being born for one audience member at a time, and how that led to her hiring a theater group to make a play that takes place in her actual life. We also talk about stuff like Sleep No More (the...
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Aug 9, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to actor/comedian James Mastraieni about the enticing topic of modern immortality and life extensions. Oh man, the science these days is crazy. How to stop cells from aging, replacing organs, and just lots of crazy technological stuff. We also get into whether it'd be worth living a long time, and what it could mean to the Earth if we as a species pull that off. And then also Will talks about the Throwing Muses song "Not Too Soon" and Anthony discusses the International...
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Aug 2, 2016 Will Hines
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Actor/comedian Jamie Gaul talks to us about the gruesome but compelling topic of female serial killers! Why don't they get talked about? Why were so many nurses and caretakers? Why so many children that either were or weren't their own? We also get into the topic of serial killing in general, and how being obsessed with serial killers isn't the same as being into horror movies. Will talks about apples (yes, just apples) and Anthony discusses transcendental meditation.  
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Jul 26, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to actor/comedian/improviser Johnny Meeks about THEOLOGY. Johnny's dad was a for-real theologist, and we're talking teaching, writing books, studied with Germans, preached in MLK Jr.'s church theologist.  It takes us into discussions about politics, and social media and empathy. Whoa. Also Will talks about Ira Robbins' early review of Nirvana's Nevermind and Anthony talks about a 1950s singer named Buddy Knox and his song about Big Foot.  
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Jul 19, 2016 Will Hines
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Improviser Brian Hines (yes, related to co-host Will) talks about the concept of "Bands That Do Their Job." Meaning bands like Journey, who consistently crank out hits and yet would make you laugh if someone named them as their favorite band. We debate who is in and who is out of this admittedly meaningless list. Also, Will talks about muckraker Ida Tarbell and Anthony gets into the movie Swiss Army Man.
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Jul 12, 2016 Will Hines
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Actor/comedian Marcy Jarreau joins us to discuss her obsession with The Paranormal. Poltergeists, haunted houses, ESP, psychics and lots more including cool terms you haven't heard of it.  In an inadvertent showdown of "who has the worst minor obsession" Will talks about poaching eggs and Anthony discusses the feeling you get when you using a toilet not at your home and it's about to overflow. They also talk about the web site their mutual friend Beth Newell's brilliant web site...
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Jul 5, 2016 Will Hines
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Actors/comedians Nina Concepcion and Beth Lepley bravely discuss their passionate history with fan fiction. Newsies, Harry Potter, Stand By Me, One Tree Hill: all these universes and more were explored, written about and dissected by members of the web site fanfiction.net. Beth discusses what types of stories she would review positively, and Nina reads some of her many many contributions. Will inspiringly discusses different formats of eBooks while Anthony plays some bluegrass versions of pop...
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Jun 28, 2016 Will Hines
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Comedian/writer Nick Mandernach returns to discuss American poet Walt Whitman! We get into how Whitman's progressiveness, his naturalistic tone, his breaking from the formality of other poets of his era, his celebration of sex and the human body, and of New York City. Was Walt Whitman the real prequel to "Broad City?" We say YES. Also, Will discusses "Woman Rebel," the graphic novel biography of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. Anthony discusses the iPhone game...
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Jun 21, 2016 Will Hines
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Comedy writer Mark Rennie joins us to discuss the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls. A much-loved, much-revered show gets DISCUSSED. What made it so good? What are some of the stand-out episodes? Who was that guy in the first episode that never got mentioned again? We go over all this an OTHER TOPICS LIKE THIS! Also, Will talks about the getting-sober autobiography Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp, and Anthony discusses the William Finn musical In Trousers.
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Jun 14, 2016 Will Hines
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Actor/writer Matt Newell talks to us about The Sandman, DC's long-running fantasy/horror-ish comic book by Neil Gaiman. We get into the amazing high quality and quantity of stories covered in its run, and the many literary figures who casually saunter through and how it changed from its beginning as a horror comic. Also, Will discusses the Museum of Jurassic Technology and Anthony raves about the Shane Black movie "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang."  
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Jun 7, 2016 Will Hines
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Actor/comedian Sarah Claspell talks to us about the band Barenaked Ladies! She explains how they're funny, and great musicians, and often the creator of heartbreakers as well as bootyshakers, and that they are much more than their biggest U.S. hit "One Week," which we (thankfully, according to co-host Will) do not play! Also: Anthony discusses the Raymond Chandler novel "The Big Sleep" and Will talks about fixing his toilet.
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May 31, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to Kevin Porter, comedian and co-host of the Gilmore Guys podcast, about his obsession with musician/rock icon/self-appointed voice of the working class Bruce Springsteen. Kevin goes for the deep cuts and we hear them. Rare live versions, mash-ups that Kevin made himself and more. We also get into what it is that make Bruce appealing. And we talk briefly to Anthony about why he doesn't really connect with the songs. Also, Will talks about how America's second president John Adams does...
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May 24, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to comedian and impressively-proficient-for-an-amateur physicist Alex Berg about the recent conformation of gravitational waves! Wait, what are they? Why is it a big deal? How nerdy did the scientists sound when they excitedly announced it? We talk about all this! Also, Will discusses common strategies for seating airline passengers and Anthony plays clips from an amazing local news radio show from the Columbia River valley.
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May 17, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to comedian/actor/writer Mary Holland about the reality show Survivor! We talk about why it's so compelling, how it's outlasted so many other types of shows, the human drama it displays, the smart ways to play the game and the skills of host Jeff Probst. Also, Will talks about Beethoven's 3rd symphony (The "Herorica") and Anthony talks about the book The Comedians by Kliph Nesteroff. 
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May 10, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to actor/writer/comedian Lindsay Katai about children's show creator Fred Rogers, better known as Mister Rogers, and also known (to Lindsay) as an "enlightened being." We talk about Rogers' undeniable goodness, his disarming earnestness, his moving pleas for funding from Congress, his emotionally affecting acceptance speeches, his thoughts on what was important in making a show for kids and his origins as a chubby bullied kid! Also, Anthony talks about the podcast...
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May 3, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to video editor Jason Greene about his obsession with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Jason comes armed with cool quotes, interested anecdotes, and even having several years of employment at Apple at their main campus. We talk about Steve's exile from Apple, the impact of his technology, what he learned from Pixar, from getting cancer and just what makes this dude so compelling to so many people. Also, Will talks about the Codex Seriphinianus, a beautiful and fictional almanac from 1980,...
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Apr 26, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to comedy writer/actor Gil Ozeri about the smartphone app SnapChat and his recent obsession with it. At the time we recorded this podcast, Gil had only known about Snapchat for 2 weeks and had already recorded 180 videos onto it. They are hilarious, lo-fi and insane. We talk to Gil about how the disposable nature of Snapchat (nothing is stored for more than 24 hours) has inspired him creatively, and about other social media platforms and why they did or did not inspire him. Also, Will...
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Apr 19, 2016 Will Hines
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The subject of this episode is the experience of losing your mom at a young age. After the success of very personal episodes like Eugene's body image one and others, we decided to tackle something personal to us: what it was like to lose your mother much younger than you had expected. In planning the episode, we'd refer to it as the "dead moms" episode and even though that title may seem cavalier, we like that it's blunt and familiar about a topic which many people have trouble...
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Apr 12, 2016 Will Hines
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We break our format for a second time to discuss improv with Paul Scheer! One of the original students and performers of the UCB Theatre, Paul gets into the nitty gritty of improv. We get very inside and very nerdy quickly, and then stay there. What drew him to it? What defined the style of his longtime improv group Respecto Montalbon, and its successors, the shows MySpace and Facebook. What's the "right" way to break rules (answer: commit to the insanity)? What kind of improv can...
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Apr 5, 2016 Will Hines
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Mike Elder, aspiring actor and creator of the delightful podcast Box Angeles, is our guest to talk about MASCOTS. The characters who represent various sports teams and the people who wear the costumes. Mike was one of the people who performed as "Goldie" the gopher mascot for the University of Minnesota, and he talks about his experiences and advice. What makes a good mascot? Why should you always keep moving? Why should the Lakers definitely get a mascot? What happens at mascot...
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Mar 29, 2016 Will Hines
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Phil Augusta Jackson, comedy writer and actor as well as UCB improviser, talks to us about his longtime hobby/passion pursuit of recording his own albums. Starting high school when he released songs on a cassette tape, Phil describes how he continued writing and recording songs throughout his adult life, eventually moving on to using a full music studio and mixing facility. We go through his recent album Cold Poems track-by-track. We talk about his writing process, his inspirations, and his...
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Mar 22, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to research scientist Matt Giorgianni (specializes in genomics, which is interesting enough that we could have just talked about that but restrained ourselves) to discuss his obsession with President William Howard Taft. After a chance viewing of a portrait of Taft in New Orleans, Matt got obsessed with him. Most people only know that Taft was "the fat president?" but there is a lot more to taft: He was a protege and later rival of Teddy Roosevelt, an incredibly popular...
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Mar 15, 2016 Will Hines
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We talk to playwright Dan O'Brien about the myth(?) of the Sasquatch and the many stories and types of people who revolve around it. We get into the famous Big Foot film of the late 1960s, the many audio recordings people claim to have made, the varied explanations of why a corpse has never been found, and the mentality that goes into believing and perpetuating tales of this ape-man creature. Also, Anthony talks about the opening number of Chorus Line, and Will talks about a cymbal crash that...